THE IN-TRAY

Naomi Campbell shares her beauty and skin tips

THE SUPERMODEL EXTRAORDINAIRE SPOKE TO THE MEMO ABOUT HER ABIDING LOVE FOR NARS, THE NEW ORGASM COLLECTION, AND HER MAKEUP TIPS.

From the original gaggle of supermodels—those nineties glamazons who conquered magazine covers, stalked runways and sizzled in George Michael videos—Naomi Campbell is still going strong. She had a memorable turn on Empire, works as an ambassador for various global charities, and graced the cover of British Vogue in March. In another feat, Campbell, who turned 49 this month, is also the face of two NARS campaigns. This season, she is fronting NARS Orgasm, the iconic blush that has been endlessly reinvented. The Memo spoke to the legendary super about her relationship with Mr. Nars, her luminous career and her makeup loves.

TM: You’ve known François Nars for decades. How did you meet?
NC:
“I met him on a shoot with Steven Meisel, he was one of the first people I met in my career. François is like family to me, and I was thrilled when he started NARS. I believed in his dream and always knew he would be highly successful.”

How would you describe your working relationship with him?
“He is a true artist, not just a makeup artist. He paints and transforms you. When I first started it was hard to find colours that truly matched my skin tone. He created those colours. I remember he made me my own foundation.”

You’re the face of the new Orgasm collection. Why do you think it’s such an iconic blush?
“It’s flattering on so many different skin tones, which I think is so unique about it. It’s such an essential product to NARS. I love applying it to the tops of my cheekbones. Orgasm is one of my all-time favourite shades.”

How does it feel to be the face of a beauty campaign in your forties?
“This is my third campaign with NARS. I am honoured to still be working with François 32 years later and with such an incredible brand for so long.”

There are Orgasm shades for eyes, cheeks and lips. How do you like to wear them?
“The collection is so versatile—one of my favourite beauty tips is to add a little bit of shimmer to the corner of your eye near your tear duct.”

What other NARS must-haves are always in your kit?
“I love Soft Velvet Pressed Powder in Mountain, Single Eyeshadow in Sophia and the Highlighting Powders.”

Which skin care products do you use in high rotation?
“I always start with a cleansing cream and a little bit of liquid soap. I also use Vitamin C and rose oil on my face.”

What else do you do to maintain your flawless skin
“Letting your skin breathe is also very important. I don’t always wear makeup if it’s not necessary.”

You have long advocated for more diversity in fashion and beauty. Have you witnessed a change?
“It really does please me to walk into shops and now see so many diverse ranges of colour. It’s taken a long time, but it’s finally happened.”

May 2019

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